The Bruins: Game Four
…At the start of the playoffs, I wondered whether any team could beat the Bruins four out of seven times. I concluded that nobody could.
The Bruins are the best team in the league. They have been all year, regardless of the standings. Maybe it’s just because I live in Rhode Island and I see them all the time, but they’ve been building towards this for years. An objective observer takes one look at their roster and clearly sees their depth. They are loaded all across the board, but particularly on the backend. Most importantly, they have the best goaltender in the league. Thomas has stolen games for years, and multiple in this year’s playoffs…
It’s sad because I think Canuck fans have waited long enough. Having said that, the Bruins are making them look like a bantam team. Speed is great, Tom, and Lord known Montreal and Tampa had that goaing for them. But physicality still plays a huge part in winning the Cup (goaltending, too), and the Bruins are simply wearing down the Canucks.
Perhaps you are right, but that’s not the way this series will be perceived in our neck of the woods. Amazing as it may sound, this season – easily the greatest in Canuck history – may also go down as the greatest disappointment ever. Lose and this team – whether it is fair or not – will wear it. There will be none of “Oh, well. They were beaten by a better team.” Heroes will be vilified. There will be much bitterness and a sour taste that won’t go away for a long time.
The Canucks were the model of consistency through the regular season. In the playoffs, they have been anything but. At times, they have looked like by far the best team in the league. At other times, they’ve looked like the Oilers on a bad night. The difference has been astonishing.
The Canucks have been blown out in four of their eight losses – and they were outscored by an incredible 24-2 in those four games. Their other losses ended up being one goal games, but the loss to the Sharks was only close because Vancouver scored a couple of late power play goals. In the other three losses, the Canucks were unfortunate to lose. In other words when Dr. Jekyll shows up, Vancouver is 14-3. When Mr Hyde makes an appearance, the Canucks have been embarassing to watch.
Its inexplicable to me. Luongo has to carry some of the responsibility, (but not as much as he is will wear unless things change and change quickly.) Alain Vigneault has to do what he did following the Chicago disasters – figure out how to get the Canucks to put a decent game of the ice. Will he?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Go, Jekylls, go. Go away Hydes, go away.